Elton John’s ex-wife is said to have attempted suicide just three days after their honeymoon began after the rocker informed her the marriage “wasn’t working”.
Elton John’s former wife is said to have attempted suicide just three days after their honeymoon began after the rocker informed her the marriage “wasn’t working”.
Renate Blauel is suing the superstar, demanding $ 3.8 million amid claims suggesting he violated their divorce agreement by posting details of their failed 1984 union in his 2019 memoir and featuring the relationship in his Rocketman biopic.
The German-born sound engineer, who has kept a low profile since the couple’s divorce in 1988, says the projects have renewed media interest in her privacy, forcing her to spend thousands of pounds on treatment and anxiety therapy.
Blauel insists Elton had to be aware of how unearthing details of her romantic past would cause her mental health issues, as she had suffered from panic attacks and bouts of depression during their time together.
In new legal documents filed with the High Court in London, Blauel reveals that a particular low point came just days after tying the knot, while they were on a traditional vacation in Saint-Tropez, France.
She remembers overdosing on prescription Valium medication after Elton informed her that “the marriage was not working and he wanted her to go” three days after their stay began, the BBC reports.
Blauel also remembers an incident “around 1985”, when she had to apologize for a lunch the then couple had hosted for members of the British Royal Family after suffering a panic attack in chatting with Princess Margaret.
Sir Elton, who “became gay” in 1988 and now has a family with film producer husband David Furnish, has previously denied violating the terms of their divorce agreement or causing “psychological harm” to his ex, and in a new statement responding to the latest allegations, her legal representative Jenny Afia insisted, “Elton has always respected Renate’s privacy and will continue to do so.”
However, she described how “confusing” it was for Blauel to center his case “around privacy as at every step of the way Renate chose to bring these claims into the public domain.”
Afia continued, “This only shows the real purpose of this claim which is to extract a large sum of money from Elton and publicly tarnish his name with lies.”
The court case is ongoing.